The need for great employees is high, and the opportunity for living-wage careers is even greater.

Manufacturing is a top industry in Northeast Ohio. So, what's the problem?

Cuyahoga County has more than 1,800 manufacturing companies, an industry sector that employs over 270,000 people and drives almost half of the economy in the region. Manufacturing has a deep history in Northeast Ohio and continues to thrive. In a recent survey of manufacturers, 69% of respondents documented 5% growth or more. We continue to have regional, state, and national recognition for manufacturing companies’ successes in innovation, growth, and culture.

However, there's a top issue that continues to hamper manufacturers' growth: attracting new, skilled workers.


86% of manufacturers reported difficulty attracting qualified candidates. 
60% say an inability to attract new skilled workers is hindering growth. 
Other forces such as retirements, legislation, and wage pressures from other industries will only put more pressure on the ability to identify, recruit, and train skilled workers into manufacturing career paths.


The solution? A sector partnership. 

Deep research and national, cross-industry workforce development consultation support the concept of a sector partnership. Sector partnerships that have a solid, practical application to the talent gap problems we are facing in Northeast Ohio.

A sector partnership is a dynamic collaboration of a regional group of employers, typically from a particular industry sector or sub-sector, who convene regularly with relevant providers of education, training, and other support services, and with the support of an intermediary focus on strategies for responding to their common workforce issues and needs.


The Manufacturing Sector Partnership Vision

The vision developed for the manufacturing sector partnership is:

The manufacturing sector in Cuyahoga County is a
growth engine
for the people and economy of Northeast Ohio by being the

manufacturing education capital
of the U.S., and investing to unlock an

abundance of diverse, skilled people
to access, thrive in, and

love their careers
in manufacturing.

The three initial strategies that the manufacturing leaders have initially selected to move swiftly toward this vision are:

1. Partner with education and training providers to fill key manufacturing training programs to 100% utilization
2. Implement innovative on-ramps to career paths in manufacturing

• Cross-sector partnerships with hospitality, fast food, and/or distribution companies
• Connect with high-potential populations (for example immigrant, re-entry, disabled, and veteran)

3. Consolidate a "Voice of Northeast Ohio Manufacturing" for advocacy of key policies to enable our current and potential workforce members

The key components of all solutions include:

Diversity and inclusion
• Work-based learning
• Front-line leadership development
• Career pathway development
• Technology



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A foundation of many helping hands.

MAGNET and Greater Cleveland Partnership, as the intermediaries for this sector partnership, are working diligently to deploy the core processes, recruit key leaders, and effectively facilitate the development of the needed solutions and activities to drive change and impact in the manufacturing community.

See who else is involved →




Inspire change in the manufacturing community. Learn how you can get involved in the sector partnership.